Sports Injuries and Emergency Dental Care
Don’t let a sports-related dental injury permanently affect your oral health.
Dental injuries are more common than you might imagine, particularly when it comes to playing contact sports. This is why you should always wear a mouthguard during physical activity to protect teeth and soft tissue from injury. Of course, our general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr Alex Sin Deuk Kim and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani in Frederick and Urbana, MD, know that emergencies happen when you least expect it, and it’s important that you have an expert dental team to tend to your needs each and every time.
Common dental emergencies include:
- A toothache
- Fractured or cracked tooth
- Partially dislodged tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Bitten tongue or cheek
- Broken braces
- Broken dental work (e.g. fillings; dental crown)
A toothache is usually indicative of a cavity; however, if you directly injured a tooth playing sports and developed a toothache later on then the injury may have affected the dental pulp, or inside of the tooth. This will require root canal therapy to remove the affected pulp right away.
It’s important to buff away the fracture or crack in the tooth as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Of course, if the fracture or crack is severe enough we will recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to preserve and protect its original structure.
When it comes to a partially dislodged or knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence. The sooner you seek treatment the better. In fact, coming into the office within 30 minutes of the injury will increase the chances that we will be able to save the tooth.
But aren’t emergency dental visits expensive?
People think of dental emergencies and may immediately be concerned about the added cost of this unexpected dental trip. Don’t worry! Here at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, we understand the importance of being able to get the dental care you need immediately without worrying about it breaking the bank.
Even new patients who don’t have dental insurance will never spend more than $200 for a dental emergency visit, and someone with insurance will never spend more than $50. Rest assured, our number one priority is to make sure that everyone that walks through our office doors gets the proper dental treatments and care necessary to maintain healthy smiles no matter their financial situation.
Dealing with a dental emergency? Let our Frederick and Urbana, MD, emergency dentists come to your rescue. Give us a call or come right to our office for comprehensive, urgent, and attentive dental treatment. We are conveniently located just 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and Baltimore. We welcome patients from all over Hagerstown and Germantown, MD.